We see mini-pupillage as useful both for potential applicants and for chambers. Mini-pupillage provides the opportunity to obtain experience of the work we do and of the atmosphere in chambers. The visit is not assessed.

Those accepted for mini-pupillage will spend one day in chambers (usually with junior members but sometimes also with KCs) attending court and conferences, and studying sets of papers.

There are a limited number of places available for mini-pupillage each year and these are confined to the court terms. They are always heavily over-subscribed, particularly between October and January. We find that mini-pupils obtain the most from the experience if they have completed at least a year of an undergraduate law degree or, for those converting to law, have started the GDL course at the point when they visit chambers.


Applications for mini-pupillage are considered three times a year, as follows:

  • for a mini-pupillage in October or November, applications should be received between 1 April and 31 August;
  • for a mini-pupillage in December or January, applications should be received between 1 September and 15 November; and
  • for a mini-pupillage between May and July, applications should be received between 16 November and 31 March.

Applications must be received by 4:00pm.

The application form is browser-based and we recommend that you prepare and save a draft application in Word (or similar), before copying across to the online application form for final submission. All sections marked with an asterix are compulsory. If you have any questions or issues regarding the form, please email Vicky Hanson.

By submitting your application via the form below, you are agreeing to provide us with your details for the use of a mini-pupillage application and to be notified of any pupillage-related events run by Maitland. Your details will not be used for any other purpose. If you do not wish for your details to be used in this way please inform Vicky Hanson. For your information, a copy of our current Privacy Statement can be found here.

Maitland Chambers operates an Equality and Diversity policy, further details of which can be found by clicking here. We therefore encourage applications for mini-pupillages from people from all sections of society.

Our mini-pupillages are unfunded, however, mini-pupils will be able to claim reasonable travel expenses on production of proof of the expense, up to a maximum of £50.

In addition, Lincoln's Inn offer a Mini Pupillage Grant Scheme and further details can be found on their website here.


What stage of your legal education are you currently at (eg GDL, second year of law degree, etc.)?

Academic Qualifications*

Please provide details of your academic qualifications to date. These should be given chronologically, starting with your A Levels or equivalent. Please provide a breakdown (paper by paper or module by module) of any degree level results you have obtained, and any significant academic prizes or awards (excluding school prizes or awards).

Please provide as much explanatory detail as possible for examinations conducted by Boards outside of the UK. It is especially useful for you to identify, so far as you are able, the equivalent UK qualification.


Date From

Date To


RESULTS (including paper/module breakdown for degree level qualifications and above)

PRIZES / AWARDS (excluding school prizes/awards)

Institution 1

Institution 2

Institution 3

Institution 4

Institution 5


By reference to any mooting or other formal advocacy experience, or otherwise, please provide evidence to explain how you use both written and oral communication skills to communicate effectively, persuasively and with clarity. (Max 200 words)


Please give evidence to explain how you use your personal skills to work effectively and positively as a member of a team, manage stressful situations and work self-reliantly. (Max 200 words)


Would it be your intention to practise as a barrister at Maitland Chambers? If so, please explain why you would like to do so. (Max 200 words)


Stating only the name of the Chambers and the date, please list any mini-pupillages you have already done and are due to undertake. (One per line)


Please provide us with any other information which might help us to assess your answers to the other questions in this form (e.g. any significant career history, any significant impediment which you have overcome, etc). (Max 200 words)


If you are undergoing the process of gender reassignment, please tick the box that applies to your future gender.

Do you live and work in a gender other than that assigned at birth?

What age group do you belong to?

How would you describe your sexuality?

Do you consider yourself to have a disability?

The Equality Act 2010 protects people who are disabled including those with long-term health conditions.

If ‘Yes’ please state the type of impairment which applies to you. People may experience more than one type of impairment, in which case you may indicate more than one. If none of the categories apply, please mark ‘other’.

Please indicate which ethnic group you consider yourself to belong to?






If you have selected ‘Other’ please state which group you consider yourself to belong to:

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